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Teacher development institutes focus on science

About 300 Idaho teachers are deepening their knowledge of science instruction at four-day institutes in north and southern Idaho.

The Idaho Math and Science Partnership is holding the workshops at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls from July 19-22.

The institutes focus on topics such as agriculture, biology, body science, energy, engineering, environment, leadership, mathematics, neurosciences, robotics and space. They are designed to teach fourth- to ninth-grade teachers specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics content, research-based instructional practices, and ways to integrate the content and practices into the curriculum.

The teachers earn continuing education credits for their participation in the free institutes.

The Idaho Math and Science Partnership includes universities, educators, government, and industry. The Idaho National Laboratory gave $174,000 to the partnership on behalf of Battelle Energy Alliance in early July.

Idaho’s need for math and science teachers is expected to grow significantly in the next five years.


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